Thursday, August 28, 2008

Woodfire Grill Rhone White Wine Tasting

I couldn't wait to check out Woodfire Grill for the first time since Michael Tuohy left. The first wine tasting by the new owners gave me just the reason I needed to get on over there. It was great!

They are putting a new spin on the classic wine tasting by allowing you to participate from your own table with your own friend(s). So instead of a formal classroom setting, you just go have a seat like a normal guest and they bring the wines to you. Worked great! And the newly promoted exec chef Kevin Gillespie had written the night's menu with the tasting in mind so all the dishes were Rhone white friendly.

Everything was delicious but our fave was the foie gras with these nutty little pancakes. YUM. In addition we had 3 small plates - the vegetable assortment (indian spiced okra and tomatoes, rattlesnake pole beans, fromage blanc stuffed anaheim chile), crisp fried flat creek lodge catfish stuffed with georgia white shrimp with avocado mousseline and dried chile sauce, and pan roasted sonoma artisan duck breast with chanterelle mushrooms, delicata squash, crushed pistachio and duck jus, and two large plates - wood grilled north carolina "poulet rouge" with wood over morels (oh gosh, were they ever delish), sweet herbs, and white cheddar mac and cheese, and the pan roasted south carolina mangrove snapper with crispy vidalia onion fritter, indian spiced okra small tomatoes.

We tasted 8 wines for $15. The fave was 2002 Treana, which is actually a Central Coast California wine, as was the 2007 Bridlewood Viognier. We also sampled and enjoyed the 2007 Yalumba Viognier (South Australia), 2006 Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc (Paso Robles), 2007 Perrin & Fils Cotes Du Rhone Reserve, 2006 M. Chapoutier Belleruche blanc, 2006 Eventide Cellar Viognier (South Africa) and the 2005 Perrin & Fils Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sinards.
The new owners are doing some sprucing up decor wise this month. I'm happy to report that the place was busy and the food and service were as good as ever.

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